A Complete Guide to Events this Season

Parentmap has a great Family Fun Calendar,  I love this resource! Check out a few events below that I think look really fun and while you are at it check out the amazing Family Fun Calendar that Parentmap provides… it will be your Complete Guide to Events this Season and beyond!

Winter Wonderland

Presented by Evergreen Health & KING 5

Nov 29, 2019 thru Jan 5, 2020*

Make this a holiday tradition, visit Redmond Town Center’s annual Winter Wonderland holiday festival. Shop, dine and enjoy a myriad of magical activities and events. The whole family will enjoy spirited rides on the polar express train and horse carousel. Take a twirl on the synthetic skating rink. Visit Santa’s workshop for photos. Take the younger ones to princess story time. Delight in the magical sounds of the season with talented performances on the STAR 101.5 Community Stage. Spread holiday joy with help from over 125 premier stores, restaurants and entertainment venues. Guests enjoy free parking all season.

Holiday Wreath-Making Workshop

December 7th

Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater cordially invites you to our annual holiday wreath-making event! A hand-made wreath is a unique holiday gift for friends and family, or to add festive décor this season to your own home. It’s also a fun way to express your personal creativity. Bring creative holiday spirit into your home this winter! Learn how to craft holiday wreaths at Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater and Family Park’s Holiday Wreath Making Workshop! For more details check out this article on Parentmap.com

Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink

December 4th to January 20th

This 23-year old holiday tradition, a signature event of the Bellevue Magic Season, features the region’s largest seasonal ice skating experience, with more than 9,000 square feet of real ice.

The ice surface is covered for all-weather skating, and the rink also treats guests to a heated viewing area, on-site concessions, and a series of special events throughout the holiday season.

The Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink is located at the Downtown Park. Just south of Bellevue Square, it’s a short walk to Downtown Bellevue’s outstanding dining options, premier shopping, and other Bellevue Magic Season events, including Snowflake Lane presented by the Bellevue Collection.

For more information about the event, including admission information and holiday hours, visit the event’s website at www.bellevueicerink.com.

 

Posted on December 5, 2019 at 12:04 am
Denise Perkins | Category: Bellevue, Bothell, Denise Perkins, Eastside, Holiday, Holidays, Home Sweet Home, Kenmore, Kids, North Kirkland, Redmond, Season, Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Things to Do, Uncategorized, Woodinville | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Where to Volunteer at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Beyond

Holidays are upon us and there are so many great ways to give back in our communities. I love to participate in the Windermere Bellevue Commons Giving Tree supporting Mary’s Place. My kids and I also participate in the Toys for Tots Program run by the Marine Foundation. My kids and I are planning to volunteer over the holiday season, let me know where your families go and what you do!

Seattle Works.
Search their database of volunteer opportunities. Use the filters for age, populations, and ZIP code-specific activities that best fit your family.

United Way of King County 
Searchable database of volunteer activities that enables you to search for family-friendly options.

Volunteer Match
Searchable database allows you to filter based on specific causes, as well as matches that are a good fit for kid and teen volunteers.

Doing Good Together
Compiles lists of family-friendly volunteering opportunities called Big-Hearted Families. Listings aren’t searchable/sortable, but all opportunities are created with families in mind. Age restrictions are included in the listings.

Food Driving Box Northwest
Provides boxes that you keep in your car. Printed right on the box are the most-needed items.

Northwest Harvest
Statewide nonprofit that uses donations to provide more than 2 million meals to Washingtonians every month.

Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle and King County
Works with more than 200 partner agencies across King County to provide food bags to anyone in need, supplying 430,000 meals per year.

Hopelink
Offers food bank, food delivery and emergency feeding services to families in crisis in the following areas: Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Shoreline and Sno-Valley.

Source:  https://bit.ly/2qDpyKl

 

Posted on November 21, 2019 at 10:35 pm
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Upcoming Events Around Town

You may have your plate full with holiday prep but you still might want to make time for some of these events scattered over the next several weeks.

Washington Distillers Festival

Does an afternoon filled with handcrafted spirits from distillers throughout Washington sound amazing?  Then don’t miss the WA Distillers Festival at McMenamins Anderson School. Bid in a silent auction that includes private distillery tours and tastings, limited edition bottles and overnight stays.

Friday, November 15, 2019 at 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM PST

Free to attend! 21+
$35 plus tax includes 10 tasting tokens

Gobble Up

Nov 23 10am-5pm

Shop for food and beverages from 100 “craft food makers” at Gobble Up, organized by Urban Craft Uprising in Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park. Register online for free ticket.

Magnuson Hangar 30 – Seattle

gobbleupnorthwest.com/seattle

Gingerbread Display

Nov 26-Jan 1

Sheraton Hotel, Seattle – See elaborate displays made mostly of food at the Gingerbread Village at Sheraton Seattle Hotel. The lines can be long on peak days. Free. Hours Vary.

gingerbreadvillage.org

Affordable Art

Nov 30  2-8pm

Seattle Design Center

Art Under $100 features 70 artists, free crafts, DJ music, and food trucks at Seattle Design Center. Free unless you pay to go an hour early. VIP Tickets:  $25

seattledesigncenter.com

Seattle Artists Tour

Dec 6-8

Shop from 22 artists at 6 studios in the Seattle area who make clothing, jewelry, glass, ceramics, prints, and more on Seattle Sampling Artists’ Studio Tour. Free. Hours Vary.

seattlesampling.com

12 K’s of Christmas Fun Run/Walk

Dec 15 4:30-7:30pm – Marina Park, Kirkland

 

Run/walk through festive Kirkland. Kids can earn a medal by participating in the Kid Dash. All participants of the 12k and 5k will receive a toboggan beanie, a personalized race bib, a finisher medal, and post race snacks!  Registration Fee:  $15-$55.

runsignup.com

Ugly Sweater Cruise

Dec 21 9-11:30pm

Waterways Cruises
2441 N Northlake Way
Seattle

‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be ugly! Enjoy festive spirits and appetizers while dancing the night away with live DJ entertainment. The uglier the sweater the more prizes to be won, make it a holiday to remember!  Tickets:  $62 (10% discount for 6 or more)

waterwayscruises.com

 

Posted on November 14, 2019 at 6:59 pm
Denise Perkins | Category: Bellevue, Bothell, Denise Perkins, Eastside, Fall, Holidays, Kenmore, Kids, North Kirkland, Redmond, Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Things to Do, Woodinville | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Holiday Lights on the Eastside

 

 

Part of the joy of the holiday season is exploring holiday lights with the kids. They’re bright and festive, and just inspire imagination and awe. Especially in young children, going hunting for lights is a time-honored holiday tradition. Unfortunately, more and more people are not decorating their homes with lights. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still great light displays out there to be found and enjoyed. Here are a few of my favorite holiday lights hot spots.

 

 

Woodinville Wonderland

23620 ne 183RD St. Woodinville, WA 98072

A family oriented display awaits you in Woodinville! Here you’ll find a full acre display of lights set to music and light animations. The display is free to visit, but cash donations are appreciated. The donations benefit a variety of charities. To get the most out of the experience, tune your radio to 101.9 FM.

 

Keener Christmas

16504 112th PL NE Bothell, WA 98011

Another home with a ton of lights can be found in Bothell. Keener Christmas is a drive-through experience with no foot traffic allowed. You’ll find more than half a million lights as well as animations and inflatables. This family favorite home has been featured in many newscasts about the best-decorated homes in Western Washington. From time to time you’ll even find Santa on site handing out candy canes! If you’re so moved, you can also donate food to charity at the site!

 

 

Garden d’Lites

Bellevue Botanical Gardens

12001 Main St. Bellevue, WA 98005

Get lost as you wander through the fields of flower-themed lights at Bellevue’s annual Garden d’Lites festival. Now in its 24th year, the tradition of nature-themed light shows is a must for many people during the holiday season. You’ll also find a running river made of lights. The Gardens set up a scavenger hunt among the lights to keep young people excited, and there is always espresso and hot cocoa on site, too. There is a small admission fee, but there are also free nights every season as well. Check the website before heading out so that you can plan! Remember – kids ten and under are free!

 

 

Cougar Mountain Zoo

19525 SE 54th St Issaquah, WA 98027

For something just a little different, head out to Issaquah and the Cougar Mountain Zoo! Here you’ll find a full Christmas themed park, culminating with live reindeer! The 31st annual Reindeer festival keeps limited hours, open only until 4:30 pm, but is nothing short of pure wonder for your children. Since the reindeer are on site, of course, you can expect to see Santa! You can also hear a story from an elf during your visit!

 

For more homes with amazing lights, check out this interactive map!

 

If you’re up for a drive, there are plenty of lights in Seattle, too. You can visit the Woodland Park Zoo for their annual Wild Lights show, or check out the Candy Cane Lane neighborhood! Whatever you do, be sure to take lots of photos and share them with me! And, if you know of a hot spot that I’ve missed, I really want to hear about it!

Posted on December 14, 2018 at 10:00 am
Denise Perkins | Category: Eastside, Kids, North Kirkland, Redmond, Things to Do, Uncategorized, Woodinville | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Where to Cut Your Own Tree on the Eastside

If you haven’t gotten your tree already — and you are feeling adventurous —  here are some places you can cut your own tree down.  Close to home even!  

 

We live in the Christmas tree capital of the United States, it’s easy to see why so many people enjoy cutting their own tree. But, given the traffic situation in the Seattle & Eastside areas, it’s also easy to understand why you might want to cut a tree close to home. While there may not be any Christmas tree farms in Seattle, Kirkland or Bellevue, you can find a couple in Redmond and a few more just outside of the central Eastside. Now go find your perfect tree!

McMurtrey’s Christmas Tree Farm

13925 Woodinville-Redmond Road NE Redmond, WA 98052

Open daily from 10 am to 8 pm, McMurtrey’s makes it simple to plan a tree cutting trip with your family. Found in the heart of the Sammamish Valley, you’ll find Noble, Grand, and Fraser Firs on the property. Extra tall trees are on site, and delivery is even an option, in case you don’t have a large enough vehicle to tow the tree back to your home.  The farm is dedicated to sustainable harvesting, meaning that once a certain number of trees have been cut they’ll close the season. So get out there early! Once you’ve found the perfect tree, the farm treats you with complimentary hot cider or hot chocolate.

 

Buttonwood Farm

14500 NE 116th St. Redmond, WA 98052

Offering 100% organic trees as well as home delivery service, Buttonwood Farm is another close-by option for creating a family tradition of cutting your own tree. Here you’ll find Douglas, Turkish, Nordman, Noble, Grand, Fraser, and Blue Spruce trees. The site also offers sturdy stands. The farm has limited hours, however. If this is where you want to cut, be sure to visit on the weekends. Buttonwood is open Friday and Sunday from noon until 4 pm, and on Saturdays from 10am-4pm. You should check out their website before heading out to find tips for tree care as well as fun seasonal recipes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carnation Christmas Tree Farm

3861 Tolt Ave Carnation, WA 98014

Open from the day after Thanksgiving until trees sell out, the Carnation tree farm has been offering trees for over 30 years. The farm has been in the family since 1901 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. That means you’ll be taking a step back in time as you step into the forest to play your part in this time-honored family tradition. Across 16 acres you’ll find Douglas, Fraser, Grand, Noble, and Nordman Firs as well as Norway and Blue Spruce. In addition to cutting your own tree, you can pick up handmade local greens, garland, swags, mistletoe, and holly. Employees will let you borrow a saw and even help you select your perfect tree. With a focus on family fun, expect to spend some time in the shelter area where you can have complimentary cider, shop a fresh bake sale, or even have your photo taken with Santa. The shop is open Sunday- Thursday from 9 am until 4 pm.

Where did you get your tree this year!

Posted on December 4, 2018 at 6:05 pm
Denise Perkins | Category: Eastside, Home Sweet Home, Kids, North Kirkland, Redmond, Things to Do, Woodinville | Tagged , ,